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Nebraska NRD Board: Lower Platte South, Dist 9

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    Lisa Lewis
    (NP)

Biographical Information

What steps will you take to prepare for changes in climate trends that affect Natural Resource District management?

What educational actions will you advocate for your district's students and adults regarding the changing climate?

How do you address the concerns of citizens and developers who want access to NRD projects?

Has your district tested its water for nitrate levels? If its concentration is found higher than the federal limit of 10 ppm, how would you recommended remedying the situation?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities? Please detail.

Education Lincoln Southeast High School (1993); Colgate University (1997) Bachelors; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1999) MBA.
Volunteer experience Current Board Member, ESHOA and Board Member, HLA Swim Club.
Address 6024 Cross Creek Rd Lincoln, NE 68516
Marital Status Married
The key to preparing successfully for changes in our climate is education. I will always strive to educate myself and those living within the resource district as much as possible, in order to make informed decisions. This includes identifying and categorizing priorities and their urgency levels, to create regulations as part of the planning process.
The Lower Platte South NRD does an excellent job of working to educate the general public regarding natural resources in our area. As our climate and environment changes, it is essential to continue to provide educational opportunities for both students and adults. I am a big proponent of hands-on learning that provides field trips for our students and opportunities to be in the great outdoors. I would also encourage continued educational opportunities that promote fun and participation within the community for all ages.
As a public office, we work for the citizens of Nebraska. This land and its resources belong to all of us. It is our duty to be as transparent as possible and to address any concerns, and respond to them individually, as appropriate.
There are several locations in the Lower Platte South NRD that nitrate levels have tested higher than 10 ppm. While the research I have performed shows that reducing these nitrate levels is difficult, prevention is always the best course of action. I would promote education of local farmers to encourage fertilizer modifications. It has been shown that with less fertilizer, the crops may still be as productive as those produced under heavily fertilized soils due to a healthier environment for beneficial microbes. If the farmer adds large amounts of fertilizer in the beginning then he is forced to use more and more each year. Using only moderate to low amounts at the outset allows the farmer to avoid the entrapment into this vicious cycle.
My main priority and reason for running for this office is to help keep the state of Nebraska a beautiful, healthy place to live and raise our families. To accomplish this priority, I would focus my efforts on clean ground water and managing the ever increasing risk of flooding within the state.